Friday, June 21, 2013

my first life-loves.

i was tempted to "get lost" on the drive home.

you know when conversations are so good and mutually uplifting and even groundbreaking and you never want them to end? you know the times when you sit in the driveway for an extra hour before dropping a friend off?

i had a lovely time at the beach but it was simply heaven driving to and from with my little brother, bren.

can i get a "huzzah" for siblings?
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emily was sitting in the back with the kiddos for the drive.

you know, i just adore that girl. who'd have thought that a 16 year gap could start to close between us?

if i've learned anything it's that there is always hope for family relationships. we invest in each other and watch our bonds become the most fulfilling features of this life.
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did you know that i was very good at being the older sister growing up?

by this i mean i was the bossiest, nosiest, know-it-all of a bully. once i kicked joey off or a bunk-bed and he broke his collar bone. i stabbed bren in the butt-cheek with a pickle fork and he had to get stitches. we used to do this thing called "upside down T" where i'd make one of my brothers lay on the floor and i'd stand on his stomach for as long as i could. i'd yell, "upside down T!" and they'd fall to the floor.

to my amazement they've forgiven me for all that. joey, who suffered most from my rudeness, has become one of my greatest friends. we are raising our kids in a paralel. we give each other help and strength and the comfort of knowing we're not alone in our struggles with children.

we silently rejoiced together to leave the beach novelty stores without having had a crew-member break something.
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we missed tamsin who was a state away suffering in her college apartment with the worst sunburn she's ever had. happily she's got her wonderful, new husband by her side. they were both miserably sunburned this last weekend.

we've started planning a disneyland trip for a year and a half from now. the thought of being all together in such a magical place fills me with Christmas-eve-caliber excitement.
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one last cheer for sibling love!

1 comment:

joolee said...

oh my heavens - the picture of your dad consoling little E...priceless.